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onjunction with associates, of whom one 1, who, then only minister of a parish in

of so much consequence to the governwas made, first, bishop of Bristol, and, after

of Ireland, where his piety and his charity honoured.. sily be imagined that what was printed under n of Boulter would have nothing in it indecent us; its title is to be understood as implying only trom unreasonable prejudice. It has been rein volumes, but is little read; nor can impartial I recommend it as worthy of revival. ter was not well qualified to write diurnal essays; hnew how to practise the liberality of greatness and lity of friendship. When he was advanced to the of ecclesiastical dignity, he did not forget the comof his labours. Knowing Philips to be slenderly

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ion, the Letter from Denmark may be justly praised;

Pastorals, which, by the writer of the Guardian, were ked as one of the four genuine productions of the rusi muse, cannot surely be despicable. That they exit a mode of life which does not exist, nor ever existed, not to be objected: the supposition of such a state is owed to pastoral. In his other poems he cannot be nied the praise of lines sometimes elegant; but he has Idom much force, or much comprehension. The pieces at please best are those which from Pope and Pope's herents procured him the name of Namby Pamby, the sems of short lines, by which he paid his court to all ages id characters, from Walpole, “ the steerer of the realm,”. · Miss Pulteney in the nursery. The numbers are smooth od sprightly, and the diction is seldom faulty. They are ot loaded with much thought, yet, if they had been written y Addison, they would have had admirers : little things ire not valued but when they are done by those who can lo greater.

In his translations from Pindar, he found the art of reaching all the obscurity of the Theban bard, however he may fall below his sublimity; he will be allowed, if he has less fire, to have more smoke.

He has added nothing to English poetry, yet, at least, half his book deserves to be read: perbaps he valued most himself that part which the critick would reject.


GILBERT West is one of the writers of whom lmy inability to give a sufficient account; the inte which my inquiries have obtained is general and sa

He was the son of the reverend Dr. West;ps him who published Pindar, at Oxford, about the boa of this century. His mother was sister to sir Ba Temple, afterwards lord Cobham. His father, per to educate him for the church, sent him first to a afterwards to Oxford; but he was seduced to a mut mode of life, by a commission in a troop of horse, pri him by his uncle.

He continued some time in the army; though it sonable to suppose that he never sunk into a mere sur nor ever lost the love, or much neglected the pure learning; and, afterwards, finding himself more te civil employment, he laid down his commission, aby gaged in business under the lord Townshend, then say tary of state, with whom he attended the king to me

His adherence to lord Towyshend ended in nomine? a nomination, May, 1729, to be clerk extraordinary privy council, which produced no immediate pront;... only placed him in a state of expectation and right of cession, and it was very long before a vacancy auw him to profit.

Soon afterwards he married, and settled himself wa pleasant house at Wickham, in Kent, where he himself to learning and to piety. Of his learning, collection exhibits evidence, which would have been fuller, if the dissertations which accompany his versi Pindar had not been improperly omitted. Or his piety, influence has, I hope, been extended far by his ODS tions on the Resurrection, published in 1747, for whic

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y of Oxford created him a doctor of laws by dii[arch 30, 1748, and would, doubtless, have reached

ier, had he lived to complete what he had for some 887

i ditated, the Evidences of the Truth of the New og ent. Perhaps it may not be without effect to tell, Deighread the prayers of the publick liturgy every

g to his family, and that on Sunday evening 'he his servants into the parlour, and read to them first ion, and then prayers. Crashaw is now not the only

of verses to whom may be given the two venerable les of poet and saint. z was very often visited by Lyttelton and Pitt, who,

y they were weary of faction and debates, used at Bank ham to find books and quiet, a decent table, and

ary conversation. There is at Wickham a walk made *IPitt; and, what is of far more importance, at Wickham, #latelton received that conviction which produced his Dessertation on St. Paul.

These two illustrious friends had for awhile listened to obe blandishments of infidelity; and when West's book was dablished, it was bought by some who did not know his ho nange of opinion, in expectation of new objections against Nahristianity; and as infidels do not want malignity, they evenged the disappointment by calling him a methodist.

Mr. West's income was not large; and his friends endeavoured, but without success, to obtain an augmentation. It is reported, that the education of the young prince was offered to him, but that he required a more extensive : power of superintendence than it was thought proper to allow him.

In time, however, his revenue was improved; he lived to have one of the lucrative clerkships of the privy council, 1752: and Mr. Pitt at last had it in his power to make him treasurer of Chelsea hospital.

He was now sufficiently rich ; but wealth came too late to be long enjoyed; por could it secure him from the calamities of life: he lost, 1755, his only son; and the year after, March 26, a stroke of the palsy brought to the

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